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Posts posted by slaytonf

  1. Movies over the years have shown a combination of both new material and adaptations of literature and theater.  It's a lot easier to make an argument for lack of creativity by pointing to the movies that are original--and bad, than to point to the instances where works have been adapted.

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  2. 18 hours ago, TomJH said:

    Truth is I don't even see that this thread had become a downer anyway and I was surprised by your statement. One poster was acting a bit morbid. But that's only one. Others were primarily discussing Plummer's work.

    Good then, it worked. 

    Do you have anything to say about Christopher Plummer?

  3. 1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

    I always felt it was a way to gain political and economic information about viewers with the enticement that these people could win contests. 

    And revenue?  Wasn't there a membership fee?

  4. Please don't misrepresent what I post in order to trivialize it.  Someone intent on dwelling on the morbid aspects of life obviously will not be turned from it with simple statements.  My hope is it will jog the discussion away from a downward spiral of moroseness and focus on the gifts of Mr. Plummer's we can treasure.

  5. I'm saying what I've always said, that TCM is today essentially what it has always been.  Showing what, as you state, is approximately the same mix of studio-era movies and post-era movies.  This is fine with me.  My too clever statement about TCM never being what it was is to chafe people who criticize the channel for falling away from its mission and trying to impose a false one on it.  That's the reason for including the Robert Osborne quote.

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  6. 11 hours ago, chinaseas said:

    Is this a classic movie channel.  All I see is movies from 80s being shown.  Too me a classic film is from the 1920 to the 1950. I use to watch and record movies all the time but  now not so much. Please keep it a classic movie channel.

    TCM isn't what it used to be, and it never was.  This is what Robert Osborne said in his very very very first introduction on the shiny brand new TCM:

    Hi, welcome to Turner Classic Movies. I'm Robert Osborne, I'm gonna be your host, right here, as we present some of the best, the--finest films ever made, twenty-four hours a day. We're going to be drawing not only from the great film libraries of MGM and Warner Brothers, but also from other outstanding catalogs, so: Come join us, and see not only great films and stars from the past, but also films from recent years, featuring some of our newest and most watchable stars. (Emphasis mine.)

    My impression is people see the word classic and think it refers exclusively to the studio-era.  TCM has never limited itself to that.

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  7. 3 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

    I getcha.  Particularly in RAISING ARIZONA.  But those stupid lines were intended t be stupid lines.  And what's being searched for here are lines the writers didn't think were stupid(at the time) but after so many years it's clear just how stupid they really are

    I am looking for greatness in stupidity. But I will take all kinds of stupidity, even stupid stupidity. 

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